Curriculum Guide September 2020: Changes to the Curriculum
At Robin Hood Juniors, as well as developing the children’s knowledge we aim to develop their independent learning skills, as well as continuing to build their self-confidence, resilience and desire to go further with their learning. We know that many of you enjoyed the opportunity to work more closely with your child during the lockdowns and we have made some changes to the way we are teaching to keep that partnership going.
One of the main changes you will notice is the introduction of Knowledge Organisers. As well as developing the children’s skills, we want the children to learn and be able to recall the key facts from each of the topics taught. They include the essential facts about the topic, laid out in chunks; key vocabulary and their definitions; images including maps and diagrams. Knowledge Organisers help us to achieve that as they give children the ‘bigger picture’. In order to make learning permanent, the children have to move it into their long-term memory. Every time a child revisits a fact, the connections associated with it in their brain become stronger. Eventually the fact moves into long-term memory and will be permanent. As the children know more, their capacity to learn and make meaningful links between their learning grows. These key facts will be revisited and built on during your child’s four years with us.
We will be giving the children a Knowledge Organiser for each science, geography and history topic. As well as having regular opportunities in class to learn these key facts, the children will benefit from your support at home to achieve this.
In these subjects the children are going to be recording their work in booklets rather than in exercise books. These will maximise the time the children can spend exploring and discussing the learning in class and reduce the amount of unnecessary recording; we will also encourage the children to reflect on their learning and go further in areas that spark their interest.
This year we are also going to be using Google Classroom more regularly as a learning resource. When your child logs in to Google at home, you will have access to these classrooms and be able to see what the children are learning in greater detail than ever before. We will updating parents throughout the rest of the school year with further information about how we will be using Google Classroom to support the children's learning.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Information on the statutory Relationships and Health Education update from September 2020
The DfE has published an FAQ document for parents to help them understand the changes made to statutory RSE from September 2020. The FAQ is also available in Arabic and Urdu, and can be found at the link below.
Personal, Social, Health, Relationships and Sex Education (PSHRSE) at RHJ
The presentation explains the new statutory changes within the PSHE curriculum, including the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) update. It also details how the subject is taught at our school and the reasons why it is so important for our pupils.